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Inadequate Security


This group was formed as a resource for practitioners who represent individuals who are victims of crime where a third party owed a legal duty to take reasonable measures to protect the individual from the criminal acts of others. Group members seek civil remedies on behalf of crime victims.

Typically, claims are directed against the owners of various premises, including apartments, hotels and motels, malls and shopping centers, parking facilities, hospitals, schools, convenience stores, ATM's, banks, retail stores, and other commercial establishments. Claims also frequently involve common carriers such as bus companies and cruise lines. Injuries suffered by victims include significant physical injuries, shooting, stabbing, sexual assaults, death, and psychological problems including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression.

Jury verdicts (and settlements) in inadequate security cases have risen significantly in recent years. In response to the increase in the size and number of claims, the defense bar has taken a more aggressive approach to defending these cases, resulting in the need for specialized knowledge of legal issues, expert testimony, and damages presentation. For that reason, the ISLG was formed to assist members in acquiring and sharing this specialized knowledge. Additionally, the law has evolved in each state and constantly changes in this fast growth area.


Formed in July 1992.

Benefits & Resources:

The group is developing legal brief banks, compilation of legal decisions, background information and testimony of expert witnesses, and factual information for defendants likely to be sued in more than one case. In addition, members seek and receive counsel and guidance from fellow members on specific legal and factual issues in a given case, as well as strategic consultation. The group sponsors CLE programs conferences, and provides periodic updates to members on important developments in the field. The group also holds periodic members-only brainstorming strategy and case evaluation meetings. It has a list server.


AAJ winter and annual conventions. Sponsored CLE seminars in connection with these conventions, and brought in experts in the field to participate in both the CLE sessions and group meetings.

Open to all AAJ Regular, Sustaining, Life, Leaders Forum, and President's Club members.
John Elliott Leighton
Leighton Law, PA
1401 Brickell Ave., Suite 900
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305/347-3151
Fax: 305/675-0123
Michael Neff
Law Offices of Michael L. Neff
3455 Peachtree Rd., N.E., Ste. 509
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 531-9700
$95 per attorney